The Grand Bazaar Opens its Doors
Come visit one of the longest running markets in NYC by visiting the Grand Bazaar this summer. The market’s located in the heart of the Upper West Side at 100 West 77th Street and is open from 10am to 5.30pm. Read below to find out what’s awaiting in this new community space featuring plenty of indoor and outdoor stands with more than a hundred merchants selling anything from antiques and edibles to rare artisanal items!
The Grand Bazaar aims to become one of the largest curated weekly markets in the city and features merchants and small businesses that sell antique furniture, vintage fashion, art, photography, collection items, handmade jewelry, and even artisanal foods. The proceeds from the bazaar are donated to four public schools located in the vicinity and they help fund better lives to the 4,000 students that attend them during the school year.
The market’s objective is to be the best weekly market in the city and to become a draw for New Yorkers and tourists alike where they can find handmade goods and other rare items at affordable prices. The Grand Bazaar was founded on the premise of creating a lively community of artists that encourage creativity and promote the use of small businesses while also supporting the public school system. The market provides a great occasion to be social and interact with other members of the community while strolling through an endless myriad of shopping opportunities. Some of the stands, such as Past Objects Art, presents new one-of-a-kind pieces every Sunday creating a different shopping experience for customers each week. This particular stand offers wearable art from historical excavations and fragments of antique glass and bottles from the 1760’s all the way to the 1970’s. Other stands such as Big Baubles feature retro jewelry designs and handmade vintage beads from the decades of the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s using components from countries like Czechoslovakia, Germany, and Japan. The designs are colorful, bold, and are inspired after the eras of disco, pop, and glam rock. There are new items on display every Sunday and they are an ode to self-expression and the celebration of personal identity.
The Grand Bazaar will also be hosting a special event on July 31st from 10am to 5.30pm to celebrate summer’s trademark treat. That’s right, the Ice Cream Blizzard themed event will bring artisanal ice cream makers together to create some of the most original flavors around. Some of the flavors will blend creativity and innovation together to bring forth a variety of delicious and never-seen-before combinations. Make sure to take the time to cool yourself down and add this refreshing event to your summer’s must-do list!
As one of the oldest markets in NYC, the Grand Bazaar is the only of its kind to give back to the community through a charitable mission. The concept began back in 1982 when a yard sale was held every single weekend. Eventually, this yard sale evolved into what we’ve come to know and love as the GreenFlea market. After more than 30 years in operation, the market’s renewing itself and preparing for an even bigger future by changing it’s name to Grand Bazaar. The bazaar will see its official opening on September 11. In the meantime, you can make a donation to the children attending the supported public schools by directly clicking on the following link: grandbazaarnyc.org
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Edgar is a a film fanatic, a food lover, and an Upper West Side enthusiast. After working in PR and marketing in Chicago, he is pursuing his dream of becoming a writer. He loves photography and on his spare time you can find him hiking or biking the great outdoors (while also snapping some pretty awesome Instagram pics!).